Posts Tagged 'British Amateur'

So close, and yet so far away

After an evening where England failed to impress against Algeria in the football World Cup two golfers in a certain part of Scotland probably could not care less about this fact. They have bigger things on their minds as they prepare for the final of the Amateur Championship at Muirfield tomorrow. After 36 holes on Saturday and up to 10 rounds in the last week one of James Byrne, Scotland and Jin Jeong, South Korea, will lift the trophy that apart from a place in the history books will give the holder a place in the field of the Open Championships in three weeks’ time and in the Masters Tournament at Augusta next year.

This year two Englishmen made it to the semi-final. Matt Nixon and Chris Paisley have every reason to be pleased with their week while they reflect on the key question;
– ‘If I had the chance over again, what would I do differently?’.
Finding the right answer to that question can without a doubt be just as life and career changing as lifting that trophy!

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Almost there

No, it was not England’s turn yet. Last year Tommy Fleetwood fell just short of becoming the youngest ever winner of the Amateur Championship. This year he got to the Quarter Finals, left behind by three English players that all made it to the semi finals. Sam Hutsby from Liphook, Hampshire made it all the way to the 36 hole final day where the young Italian, Manassero proved just as impressive as he was in the stroke play qualifying that he won comfortably. At 16 years of age he is now the youngest ever Amateur Championship winner and I have a feeling he will be looking forward to the Masters next year, in which he through this has just earned a spot.

This week also saw some of the best juniors in the World compete for the World Championships trophy out in Japan. England made a strong case to finish third behind winners Argentina and runners up, the United States. When I email with the England U18 lead coach, Paul Ashwell afterwards he says that it was nice to win a medal but it had the wrong colour. I have a feeling that is similar to the feeling that Sam had leaving Formby after the final. One thing that I do know though is that true champions tend to be incredibly disappointed but not for too long. They also have the habit of taking away the positives and understanding what could be better next time.

Dean Robertson, the successful European Palmer Cup Coach used a very simple technique with his team when he asked them – “if you played to your potential, could you win this event”. Of course all players answered “yes”. When Dean said – “what is stopping you” and started to deal with the things that came up he had come a long way towards securing that trophy. What on paper looked like a weaker team still walked away with the sweetest taste in their mouths afterwards.

Maybe both Sam and the England Team in Japan did the same but somehwere in their lies the true challenge; Performance=Potential-Interference.


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